The ins and outs of riding the tram
This one’s for the tourists: for those of you who have never taken a Hong Kong tram before, make sure you’re mentally prepared. Unlike Hong Kong’s MTR and buses, people get on at the rear end of the vehicle and pay and leave at the front. (But if you’re getting on the tram at its terminal, it doesn’t really matter which side you enter from.) Since the driver’s seat is somewhat sectioned off from the main passenger compartment, you won’t have much of a chance to chat up the driver and ask whichever one is the right stop – study the tram map beforehand to make sure you’re headed in the right direction (eastbound or westbound). Almost all trams follow the same main route (other than Happy Valley, which takes a little detour), so you can hop on and hop off as you please based on your itinerary for the day. Plus, ding dings come every couple of minutes, so there’s no cause for worry if you see one leave just as you get to the stop.
For adults, the tram costs a flat fee of $2.6 no matter where you get on or off; for children, $1.3; for senior citizens, $1.2. If you know you’re getting off soon, make sure to count your change or prepare your Octopus beforehand.